OSF actor Coulson to speak at temple forum Wednesday

Catherine Coulson, a longtime actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will give a talk about her current role as Mattie Fae in "August: Osage County" at noon on Wednesday, April 27, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. It's free and open to the public.

Coulson is in her 17th season with the festival and in recent years has appeared in "The Diary of Anne Frank," "By the Waters of Babylon" and "Don Quixote," among other productions. She gained fame in the 1990s as the Log Lady on the television show "Twin Peaks." She'll talk about the 2010 OSF season and the research and preparation required for her current role.

People who attend can bring lunch; the temple will provide drinks and desserts.

For more information, call 541-858-8819.

Correction: The date and location of this talk have been corrected in this brief.

Eagle Point High School will present "Bye-Bye Birdie," a musical play about a rock star who gets drafted into the Army, in five upcoming performances.

The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. April 28-30 and on May 1. It also will be performed in a 1 p.m. matinee on May 1.

The play, popularized by a 1963 movie starring Ann-Margaret and Bobby Rydell, will be performed on the EPHS main stage, 205 N. Platt Ave., Eagle Point. The story line is loosely based on the drafting of Elvis Presley.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for children and will be available at the door.

Harry & David will celebrate the induction of 10 Comice pear trees from Bear Creek Orchards into the Heritage Tree Program on Arbor Day, Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m.

A Port Orford cedar from Camp Oregon Caves also will receive heritage status, and the public is invited to attend.

The dedication ceremony will be held in the rose garden on the Harry & David grounds, at 2500 S. Pacific Highway in Medford. Heritage Tree Program officials and other dignitaries will speak at the presentation.

Ten Comice pear trees remain from an original planting 75 years ago. Sixteen feet in height, the trees measure approximately 50 inches in circumference and remain healthy.

The Oregon Travel Information Council administers the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, which not only honors old-growth giants but also memorial groves and fruit orchards possessing historical and community significance.

For more information on the Oregon Heritage Tree Program and the dedication, contact Annie von Domitz at 503-373-0864 or annie@oregontic.com, or Madeline MacGregor at 503-373-0090 or madeline@oregontic.com.

The Crater Lake chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will host a tour of historical markers of Jackson County at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30.

The tour is open to the public. A bus will pick people up and drop them off at the Hilton Homewood Suites on Hospitality Way, off Ellendale and Barnett roads, in Medford.

The tour bus will visit seven markers, with a stop for lunch along the way. Tickets cost $10, plus any money you'll need for buying lunch. For more information, call 541-245-6699 or email kcm1960@clearwire.net. Send your reservation and check to Crater Lake Chapter DAR, 3379 Calle Vista Drive, Medford, 97504.

Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will get hands-on with owl pellets at noon Saturday, April 30, in a free event open to all ages.

Owls swallow their prey whole, ingesting the entire skeleton, and the owl pellets they regurgitate contain the nondigestible part of what they eat. Participants will get to dissect an owl pellet and identify the bones found in the pellet. Call 541-482-3241.

The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host "Glitz and Glamour on a Sunday Afternoon," a tea and fashion show of 20 gowns from the personal collection of Ginger Rogers. The event is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Rogue Valley Country Club.

The gowns include dresses she wore on the Bob Hope Show and in nightclub performances. The event will feature live music, a re-creation of a famous Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire dance routine, music reminiscent of her movies, a presentation by Rogers' personal secretary, Roberta Olden, and a silent and live auction of Ginger Rogers memorabilia.

Rosemary Harrington will emcee. A souvenir program will feature photos of Rogers from her Hollywood days and photos taken of her while she lived in the Rogue Valley.

Attendees are encouraged to use the occasion to dress up. The event is a benefit for SOHS. Seating is limited. Tickets cost $50 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, see www.sohs.org/ginger.html or call 541-773-6536 ext. 1002.

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